Dalia Baassiri was born in 1981 in Sidon and is currently based in Beirut. In 2003, she graduated from the Lebanese American University with a Bachelor’s degree in graphic design and went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts in London, where she also took part in various group shows.
One among few young emerging artists in Lebanon concerned with material and surface rather than mediation and purely archival objects, Baassiri is a multidisciplinary artist using drawing as a primary tool of expression, alongside painting, photography and installations.
As a part of her preoccupation with the immediacy of the everyday and the dirt or traces left behind by human activities, Baassiri has become interested in quotidian activities such as window cleaning and floor sweeping: Her desire to enter the world of the familiar as warm place for artistic practice, she finds in the quotidian a new dynamic energy in her trajectory, leading her to reconsider the role of found objects in art. Her work is permanently exhibited at Galerie Janine Rubeiz, where her last exhibition “Wiped Off” took place in 2017.